"Automation and AI in the Workplace" is currently one of the hottest research
topics around. It also evokes uncertainty among workers, businesses, and
teachers. In his presentation Dr. Kenneth Louie examines the opportunities
and potential risks of computerization for businesses and occupations in the
U.S. and in Erie. Avoiding unsystematic gloom and glory, his analysis is a factbased
and detailed attempt to explain how individuals, decision makers, and
educators could and should prepare for the coming technological changes.
– Kenneth Louie, Ph.D.
Ken Louie, Ph.D., is Director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE)
and Associate Professor of Economics in the Black School of Business at Penn State
Behrend. He received his B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and his M.S.
and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His areas of specialization are macroeconomics, international economics, the
economics of labor markets, and the economy of China. As director of ERIE, Dr. Louie
has provided analysis and commentary on issues related to the Erie economy for local
and national news media.